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LEZ Funding Assistance

Glasgow's LEZ is being phased in to give everyone the chance to prepare:

  • Phase 1 (buses only) was introduced on 31 December 2018
  • Phase 2 (all vehicles) will be enforced from 1 June 2023

Enforcement for zone residents will start on 1 June 2024. The vehicle must be registered to a residential address within the LEZ zone area to qualify for this grace period.

Funding Support

Practical, targeted assistance from the Scottish Government to help prepare for the introduction of Low Emission Zones in Scotland has included funding for households, micro-businesses, and a separate retrofit fund including support for taxi drivers.

Funding is again available in 2022, with further information available on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Interest-free loans are also available through the Energy Saving Trust for purchasing e-bikes, electric vehicles, and home charging points.

To reflect the impact of the pandemic on the uptake of the retrofitting scheme - taxi operators who can demonstrate by early 2023 that they have applied for retrofitting grants, are awaiting vehicle conversion work or are in the process of purchasing a compliant vehicle will be able to run their business without penalty should their taxi not yet be compliant by the time the LEZ becomes enforceable. 


Bus/Coach Operators - Scottish Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit Fund:

The Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) fund supports bus and coach operators with grant funding towards the costs of repower or exhaust retrofitting to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

BEAR Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 awarded a total of £18.6 million for retrofitting of 1143 buses and coaches to Euro VI standard in Scottish Air Quality Management Areas from 2018 to 2022.

A further £5 million has been made available in BEAR Phase 5 for 2022/23 to licensed bus and coach operators, local authorities and community transport operators. 

Further details on available funding and how to apply can be found here - Scottish Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit Fund | Transport Scotland - BEAR Phase 5 is open for application until 5pm 28 July 2022.

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